PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Stephanie R. Zeluck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 1997
JPL PRESENTS A SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE
"Beyond Hubble: NASA's Origins Program Searches for the
Beginnings of the Universe" will be the theme for a free public
lecture describing NASA's Origins program. The lecture will be
held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in JPL's von Karman Auditorium,
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena. Seating is on a first-come,
NASA's Origins program will use a suite of sophisticated
space telescopes to determine the origins of the universe,
galaxies, stars and planets. Additionally, the program will try
to learn whether Earthlike planets possible of sustaining some
form of life exist around nearby stars.
Origins will develop and operate astronomical observatories
more advanced than the current fleet of facilities within the
first two decades of the next millennium. Origins missions will
include four space-based observatories -- the Space Infrared
Telescope Facility, the Next Generation Space Telescope, the
Space Interferometry Mission and the Terrestrial Planet Finder.
Supplementing data gathered by Origins space telescopes will be
Earth-based observations using the two 10-meter (33-foot) Keck
telescopes in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Origins is managed for NASA by the Origins Program Office
within JPL's Space and Earth Science Programs Directorate.
The lecture will be presented by Dr. Firouz Naderi, JPL
manager for the Origins program. Dr. Naderi has formerly been
project manager for the NASA Scatterometer and SeaWinds projects,
and has served as the program manager at NASA Headquarters for
the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite Program.
This lecture is part of the von Karman Lecture Series held
monthly by the JPL Public Information Office. JPL is located at
4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena. A web site on the lecture
series is located at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/lecture. For
directions and other information, call the Public Information
Office at (818) 354-5011.